Natural History East and West Cuesta Ridge Santa Lucia Mountain
Online classroom meeting and lecture followed by virtually guided field trip to West and East Cuesta Ridge, Santa Lucia Mountains
West Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area, Santa Lucia Mountains Virtually guided hike begins at the Botanical Area sign, Los Padres National Forest; road access off of Hwy. 101 north bound on the left (west side) near Cuesta Pass summit
Emphasis: Coast Range geology, Franciscan and serpentine rock formations, Chaparral and Sargent Cypress (Closed-Cone Coniferous) Forest plant communities, fire ecology, native plant and wildflower identification, birding and wildlife sightings, wildlife tracking.
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East Cuesta Ridge, Santa Lucia Mountains Virtually guided hike begins at pullout near Cuesta Pass summit; access off Hwy. 101 north bound on the right (east side)
Emphasis: Coast Range geology, Monterey Shale rock formation, Chaparral and Knobcone Pine (Closed-cone Coniferous) Forest plant communities, fire ecology, native plant and wildflower identification; birding and wildlife sightings, wildlife tracking
More information at: https://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGW334-015
Additional suggested references for this online class offering:
Geology - ‘Geology of San Luis Obispo County’ by Dr. David Chipping (available as a pdf copy at http://cnpsslo.org/shop/the-geology-of-san-luis-obispo-county/
Wildflowers and Native Plants – ‘Wildflowers of San Luis Obispo, California’ produced by the City of San Luis Obispo and the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, available at https://store.cnps.org/products/wildflowers-of-san-luis-obispo-california
Also, assorted Wildflower field guides
Bird watching - Bird finding guides and San Luis Obispo County Bird Checklist by Morro Coast Audubon Society, available as pdf file online at http://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/p/mcas-slo-county-bird-checklists-birds.html
Also, assorted birding field guides i.e., National Geographic and Peterson bird field guides and free birding apps for smart phones and tablets i.e., Merlin Bird ID App. and the Audubon Bird Guide App.
DATES: 1 Saturday: June 12, 2021
TIME: 9:00 - 10:30am
MODE OF DELIVERY: Live Remote - Zoom; Lecture & guided virtual field trip
INSTRUCTOR: Steve Schubert
QUESTIONS: Contact instructor at email@example.com or 805-440-9390
|Meet the instructor|
Steve attended college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and received a Master’s degree in Field Biology and a Life Sciences Secondary Teaching Credential. He taught high school biology and earth sciences for several years, has taught natural history courses for Cuesta College Community Programs more than 25 years and works as a naturalist instructor at a local residential outdoor school program called Camp KEEP (Kern Environmental Education Program), attended by more than 3,000 6th grade students each school year.
He served on the committee that published the book “Wildflowers of San Luis Obispo” and the eBook “Plants of the Carrizo Plain”. Steve authored the book entitled “The Peregrine Falcons of Morro Rock – A 50-year History”, available at Amazon.com. He is past-President of Morro Coast Audubon Society and is the Volunteer Coordinator of the Hi Mountain Lookout Project (www.facebook.com/condorlookout), a restored fire lookout in Los Padres National Forest where volunteers and college interns radiotrack the movements of California Condors and conduct biological field research projects. He has been a speaker and field trip leader for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival each year since its inception more than 20 years ago.
Steve enjoys kayaking, running, biking, hiking, playing basketball, and wildlife and landscape photography (photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12571965@N07